Macks on artificials.

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  1. Mean_suliin

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    I'm lazy and dont wanna buy bait. Any recommendations on what artificials would work for macks.
     
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    They’ll hit 1/2 to 1oz megabaits or laser minnows in green or blue

    Mid size sabikis as well
     
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    Just about any trout spoon or small Kroc . Small white feather or marabou jigs rigged as a ganion if its from a pier or dock . Good luck !
     
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    Trout spinners are deadly if you can get one in front of them, lol
     
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    Krocs, jigparas, sabiki, feathers, megabaits, lazer minnows, also other mackerel. I really like throwing 40gram Jigparas and sometimes landing 2 in a cast since it has a trailer hook. Hell I even changed up my 3/4 megabait a bit... I haven’t tried it yet since I’ve added the feather treble but I’m sure it’s candy.

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    Kastmaster
     
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    Macks bite anything shiny in their face. As a kid, I used to catch them on homemade sabikis, where I used chrome hooks and nothing else. I'm sure you could put light colored perch grubs on a homemade sabiki to keep with the artificial theme and do well.
     
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    1 oz torpedo weight, scraped to reveal the shine, with a split ring and red treble on one end.
     
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    Spoons. Sabiki. Grubs
     
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    Agreed, sabiki, kroc, kastmaster, megabait ect. They don't seem to be super aggressive yet this fall, I've caught alot more on bait or sabiki then lures in the last month.
     
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    I use these small glow in the dark worms, works pretty well day tor night time. I will take a picture later. Cheap too on eBay.
     
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    I've had luck with the Kroc spoon (5/8oz) but they seem to like the yo-zuri crystal minnow 1/4oz floating more then that. It's doesn't cast very far but has worked on mackerel for me.
     
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    They love tiny hookupbaits and we catch a lot of them on jigpara's.
     
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    Hell off the pier really hard to beat a sabiki or my personal favorite a chrome 3/8oz fixed single hook diamond jig tipped with a 1" x 1/4" wide strip of mackerel skin. That has caught me more mac's than anything
     
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    amazing. i am a nor cal vacationer to SD and witnessed for the first time an old dude on oceanbeach pier catching macs with a trout lure. we soon grabbed our pole and easily caught 7 fish (3 worth keeping) in under an hour when the macs were swarming last friday. its a rare phenomenom up in norcal. ( or maybe we just unluckily are rarely on the piers whenever they swarm!) btw, yeah, you SD'ers are lucky to have water to jump in when the bite slows down without freezing to death!
     
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    so I will break the pattern on this one. I go out to OB pretty regularly looking for bonito (which has been spotty at best) and I always bring a splasher rig with me. Not one of the gigantic baseball sized splashers but just a clear fill-a-bubble with a rods length leader and a No. 4 red/white/silver deceiver fly. I tie my own but you can get them at the fly stop up in the Miramar area. Chuck it as far as you can and then vary the retrieve. Sometimes a really hot retrieve gets them all fired up. Sometimes popping it as it comes in. I have caught a lot of mackerel in my life, but seeing them come up to the surface (or very near to) and swirling on a fly is pretty dang fun. A lot of times if they don't hit it you can watch them follow it all the way up to the pier. If you stop the retrieve, they will split. Just something different to try out.
     
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